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Applied Mathematics News

Congratulations to Applied Math Major, Jess Rega, the Dell Scholarship recipient for 2018-2019. The Dell Scholarship is endowed by SU board member Mr. Samuel Dell III and the late Mrs. Geraldine Dell and supports the next generation of scientists and mathematicians by providing a scholarship to a science or math major in his/her senior year at SU. Receipt of this prestigious award is intended to enhance the credibility and competitiveness of the recipient in pursuing career goals following graduation. We're so proud of you, Jess!

Several Applied Mathematics majors and minors attended the 2018 Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference at Towson University.  The meeting was designed to promote undergraduate research in mathematics by showcasing completed original research, selected expository presentations, as well as research projects in progress. In addition to student presentations, the conference featured two invited faculty talks and a panel on career opportunities in government, industry, and academia.​

 

Dr. Benjamin Wilson was invited to give a talk at Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia, as a speaker in their Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics Conversation Series. His talk titled "Would Wheel of Fortune be Easier in Dothraki or Klingon?" was based on his research project with Stevenson Applied Math majors Gerald Roman-Gonzalez and Billy Heidel in which they are analyzing the complexity of constructed languages using tools from Information Theory, Dynamical Systems, and Statistics. During the talk, Dr. Wilson put attendees in the role of Claude Shannon in the late 1940's who studied the complexity of written English using several experiments on native English speakers which exploited their inherent knowledge of the statistics of the language.

The Department's annual Approximation of Pi Day Celebration (3/14 is during Spring Break) was a big hit! Math students and faculty enjoyed pizza pies, dessert pies, and other treats. Students presented interesting facts about pi and the partygoers voted on which was the most interesting. The winning fact was Rebecca Gruver's fact about a pi language in which works are written using words of lengths 3, 1, 4, 1, 5, 9,... successively (in the order they appear in pi).

The Mathematics and Physics Department and people across the world mourn the loss of Stephen Hawking, a British theoretical physicist famous for his work in cosmology and quantum mechanics.   After graduating from Oxford in 1962 and receiving his PhD from Cambridge in 1966, much of his research career focused on black holes and the discovery of Hawking radiation.  The author of many academic books and articles, Hawking also wrote a number of children's books and popular science books aimed at making science accessible to the general public.  Hawking was able to accomplish all this despite an early-onset of Lou Gehrig's disease.  Using of variety of speech-production devices that he helped to create, Hawking continued to lecture about his research and make public appearances in recent years despite his worsening physical condition.  

 
 
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